Are more like a DC-4 in size!
had great plans to try to market pax versions of the aircraft post-war and did manage to sell some to NE.
took a good look at them as well, but decided to go with Martin instead.
The aircraft had hurriedly been designed "by committee" and rushed into service in WWII.EA was selected by the Air Transport Command to de-bug them. It took EA
about a year to get the "bugs" out of them (and practically had to re-design them) and get the proper mods underway at the factory. In the mean time flying them through South America and out to Africa as well.
From time to time you will hear unkind things said about them especially the comments of them being unreliable aircraft.
However, with the P&W 2800's you just couldn't get a more reliable powerplant. The propellers. however, were another story and the keeping the Curtiss-Electric units clean were imperative!
The aircraft certainly proved themselves flying the "Hump" during WWII.
The "Non-Sched" carriers of the post WWII era loved them. A company my father worked for had them and flew them out of Miami to areas along the Gulf Coast.
Upstart cargo carriers snatched them up and they became the preferred transport for freighting between MIA
and the South American countries----and they were crashed with alarming regularity well into the 1960's----many of them around Miami and not a few ended up in Biscayne Bay.
I will always remember the deafening noise the props made during high engine speed ops such as take-off.
In the cockpit the noise was so loud it could bring tears to your eyes.
There was no mistaking that sound either. For the rest of my life I will always recognize the sound of a C-46 take-off from memory!